Nature as Measure at Chamber’s Fine Art

Nature as Measure at Chamber’s Fine Art
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The apparent chaos of nature fascinates us, its mysterious order always sparks admiration. Nevertheless, man has always sought to harness it in a rational system, whether it be agriculture or taxonomy, only to return to being attracted by that which cannot be controlled. Under the guidance of American curator Candice Madey and her Stellar Project, six international artists of varying generations look at the obsession with giving nature an artificial order. From the United States to China, Julia Bland, Ryan Mrozowski, Cui Fei, Jenny Perlin, Mary Simpson, Zhao Zhao and Cui Fei offer us a view of our rapport with the ecosystem that surrounds us, to then challenge us with new directions. The point of departure is the book Nature as a Measure by Wes Jackson, pioneer of the movement for sustainable agriculture and the founder of the Land Institute. The artists’ voyage begins here as they search for new visions - one introduces stones, plants and seeds into their work, following patterns that recall Chinese calligraphy, while another explores the archetypes of natural forms with oil paint. One studies optical systems, while another trusts themselves to the enchantment of myth and ritual. And, then, of course, there’s the “perfect pumpkin” growing in a print, symbol of the dominance of commerce and design.

Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing